Shwartzman new F2 hard tyres “much more complicated”

Formula 2 title contender Robert Shwartzman believes a new-for-2021 hard tyre is “much more complicated” after testing the rubber for the first time in Bahrain.

Shwartzman new F2 hard tyres “much more complicated”
Listen to this article

F2 teams were able to sample the new specification hard tyres for the first time during the championship’s three-day test at the Sakhir Circuit which concluded on Wednesday.

Ferrari Driver Academy member Shwartzman ended the test eighth overall but was quick to point out the challenges posed by the new Pirelli rubber compared to last year’s hard compound tyres.

Each car was assigned six sets of prime and two sets of option tyres for the test, the same allocation the drivers will receive for the opening round of the season at the same circuit on 26-28 March.

Read Also:

Shwartzman was satisfied with his display but revealed the new tyres provide less grip and are much more difficult to adjust to.

"The test went quite well. Qualifying performance wasn't bad, and the potential is there, we still have to improve a few things,” said Shwartzman. “I was generally satisfied with my performance in the race simulations, although the new hard tyres are much more complicated than the old ones.

“We have less grip, and degradation is more difficult to control. Anyway, we got really close to our limit and to putting everything together, and we know where to work. I'm looking forward to the season.

“I will line up with a fresh head, positive energy to try to be on top right from the start.”

It was a view echoed by DAMS driver Marcus Armstrong who topped the final morning session and finished third fastest overall behind ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard and Trident’s Bent Viscaal.

The New Zealander, preparing for his second year in the F1 feeder series, believes the new hard tyres will make the racing more interesting this year.

“The performance runs this morning went quite well. I think that there’s quite a decent step between the soft and hard compounds now,” said Armstrong on the championship’s website.

“They changed the hard a little bit and the difference between the two compounds is quite large now, so the races will be interesting when we arrive here.

“In quali, it will be more all about adapting to the grip. Overall, it’s been a good day with a lot of laps completed.”

shares
comments

Related video

Boschung tops final F2 session, Lundgaard fastest overall
Previous article

Boschung tops final F2 session, Lundgaard fastest overall

Next article

Hybrid and biofuel talks underway for F1 feeder series

Hybrid and biofuel talks underway for F1 feeder series
Load comments
How Drugovich plans on becoming Brazil's first F1 driver since 2017 Prime

How Drugovich plans on becoming Brazil's first F1 driver since 2017

With a chaotic but “pretty much perfect” FIA Formula 2 weekend in Saudi Arabia behind him, Felipe Drugovich now leads the drivers’ standings in his third crack at the series. The Brazilian driver reveals how he ended up back on the grid after what he thought would be his last year in the series, and shares his F1 aspirations.

FIA F2
Apr 1, 2022
Dennis Hauger: The Red Bull junior aiming to emulate Piastri in F2 Prime

Dennis Hauger: The Red Bull junior aiming to emulate Piastri in F2

Norwegian talent Dennis Hauger has a tough act to follow in Oscar Piastri’s footsteps on his graduation to F2 as the reigning F3 champion with Prema. Here’s what he makes of the task ahead of him.

FIA F2
Mar 16, 2022
Ranking the 10 best drivers who raced for DAMS Prime

Ranking the 10 best drivers who raced for DAMS

DAMS has been one of the most prolific teams below Formula 1 since its foundation in 1989, launching 32 drivers into grand prix racing. Following the team's sale to ex-F1 racer Charles Pic, formally closing the book on the ownership of the Driot family, Motorsport.com picks out its 10 best drivers during their spell with the team.

FIA F2
Feb 27, 2022
Why Marcus Armstrong hopes ‘coming home’ can reopen doors to F1 Prime

Why Marcus Armstrong hopes ‘coming home’ can reopen doors to F1

After a disappointing 2021, Marcus Armstrong is returning to FIA Formula 2 for another shot at the title in 2022 with Hitech – this time without the backing of Ferrari. This year, he says, he’s ready to give it his all in a last-shot bid to reach Formula 1.

FIA F2
Feb 19, 2022
The hardships that haven’t dented Logan Sargeant's F1 dream Prime

The hardships that haven’t dented Logan Sargeant's F1 dream

Faced with “no options” for 2021, Logan Sargeant’s Formula 1 dream looked set to crumble. But a last-minute Formula 3 seat and a strong season secured him a Formula 2 drive for 2022. He told Motorsport.com how his transformative season affected both his personality and his future.

FIA F3
Jan 29, 2022
Oscar Piastri: The F1 junior that has run out of places to prove himself Prime

Oscar Piastri: The F1 junior that has run out of places to prove himself

The dominant force of the junior single-seater ranks finds himself without a drive for 2022, but it isn’t stopping Oscar Piastri from plotting his path to the top. With Alpine potentially set for a driver dilemma for 2023, the newly-crowned Formula 2 champion is ready and waiting for his F1 shot.

FIA F2
Dec 14, 2021
What next for "too politically incorrect" for F1 Ticktum? Prime

What next for "too politically incorrect" for F1 Ticktum?

Having by his own admission "blown my chances" of reaching Formula 1, Dan Ticktum is facing an uncertain future. A driver of unquestioned ability who has at times been his own worst enemy, can he apply his lessons and rebuild his career hopes?

FIA F2
Sep 30, 2021
How Piastri could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench Prime

How Piastri could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench

Tipped as the next big thing after winning the FIA Formula 3 championship in his rookie season, Oscar Piastri has taken Formula 2 by storm and looks set to clinch that title too. But with no Formula 1 seat available to him for next year, the Alpine junior may have to wait for his time in the spotlight…

FIA F2
Sep 24, 2021